The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has awarded its annual Wind Energy Lifetime Achievement Award to Forrest ‘Woody’ Stoddard, a visionary wind energy leader, teacher and pioneer. The award is presented in recognition of years of outstanding industry leadership and support.
‘The U.S. wind energy industry is proud to present this award to a passionate, inspiring expert to whom we owe so much: Woody Stoddard,’ says Randall Swisher, AWEA's executive director. ‘In addition to his many engineering achievements, Woody nurtured talent and instilled enthusiasm for wind energy technology in students and colleagues alike.’
Dr. Stoddard was the lead developer of the 25 kW WindFurnace at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) in the mid-1970s. It was the largest operating wind turbine at the time. During the project, Stoddard became the mentor of many engineers who graduated from the UMass renewable energy program. The WindFurnace laid the engineering groundwork for the commercial wind turbines later deployed by US Windpower (which became Kenetech Windpower) in California.